Lady Tigers take it to ailing Lady Miners (VIDEO)
The Nevada Union girls volleyball team buzzed through its non-league schedule with great success but has stumbled out of the gates in Sierra Foothill League play, losing three of four, including Wednesday’s contest with Roseville.
The Lady Miners (13-7, 1-3 SFL) looked lost on their home court against the Lady Tigers (22-8, 2-2 SFL), and the score echoed that as Roseville won in straight sets, 25-19, 25-12, 25-13.
After placing second in the High Sierra tournament to open the season and putting together a 12-4 non-league record, the Lady Miners have lost two key players to injury as well losing key games against SFL powers Granite Bay, Rocklin and now Roseville.
“We were clicking, and everything was right on target, beating some really good teams,” NU head coach Marco Salcedo said. “The two injuries have hurt. So now we have to figure out who we have and what we can do and what we can’t.”
In the first and only close set of the night, NU went point for point with Roseville, getting kills from Katie Johnson, Emily Segel and Delaney Smith, as well as a couple solo blocks from Melanie O’Brien.
With the set knotted at 13 apiece, the Lady Tigers went on a 6-0 run to grab the 19-13 edge and cruised from there to a 25-19 first-set victory.
In the second set, the Lady Miners hurt themselves with multiple errors along with missed scoring opportunities. Roseville played smart and controlled as it let NU beat itself with mental and service errors.
In the third set, NU looked to have found its stride, jumping out to a 5-1 lead, but a controversial call that went Roseville’s way shifted the momentum, and the Lady Tigers went on a 22-2 run. NU never fully recovered, and Roseville eventually closed out the set, 25-13.
Leading the way for NU was Segel with six kills, Hannah Bryant added four, Smith also had four kills, Ella Corbett tallied three aces, and Sydney Porter led the team in digs with seven.
“We’ve got to right the ship and see what we can do to get that third or fourth spot,” Salcedo said. “We’ve had a system for the entire season, then right as we start league, I lose one (player), then I lose the next one, and now I’m trying to figure out what we got. I got people playing positions they’ve never played. It’s like preseason all over.”
Rocklin and Granite Bay are both undefeated in league play with a matchup set for next week, Roseville now slides into the third spot, and NU is in a tie for fourth with Woodcreek, which it plays next Wednesday.
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